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February 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
Netflix is paying cable giant Comcast a pile of cash for what the companies say will be "no preferential network treatment. " Sure, because corporations routinely give money to one another just for the fun of it. The reality is that Netflix is handing Comcast an unspecified chunk of change, likely millions of dollars, for what they say is a "more direct connection" to the cable company's broadband network. That's preferential treatment. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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OPINION
December 22, 2010
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski layered compromise upon compromise to get the commission's approval Tuesday for a Net neutrality proposal that at least some major Internet and telecommunications companies can live with. Those compromises disappointed advocates of a strong rule, and they weren't enough to placate Republicans who oppose the very idea of regulating broadband providers. Nevertheless, the result is both workable and necessary. At issue is the control broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast can wield over the content, services and applications that are available online.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications Commission has come up with a new way to apply some net neutrality rules that would force Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc. and other broadband Internet service providers to handle all Web traffic the same, without imposing limits on users or blocking websites. Its proposal released Thursday is aimed at blunting an April federal appeals court ruling involving Comcast that found the agency had limited authority to regulate broadband Internet service. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement that the Comcast decision had created a "serious problem" and that his agency believes more regulation of broadband Internet service is needed, though not the heavier restrictions that apply to telephone companies.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Dawn C. Chmielewski
WASHINGTON - Beaten back twice by the courts, the nation's top communications regulator will make a last-ditch attempt to craft rules aimed at ensuring the Internet remains open and free of interference from a rapidly consolidating broadband industry. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, moving quickly after a court tossed out most of the agency's so-called net neutrality rules last month, started a new effort Wednesday to recraft regulations that advocates say would form the cornerstone for future broadband and pay-TV service.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
Google Fiber, the Internet search giant's super-fast Internet experiment in Kansas City, Mo., that operates at a speed 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection, could be coming to a city near you. During Google's fourth-quarter earnings call, Google Chief Executive Larry Page and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette made it clear Google Fiber is not a "hobby" for the company. "It's been great to see the success there with the initial roll-out," Page said. He cautioned: "We are still in the very early stages of it. " But he emphasized: "We are excited about the possibilities there.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1999
LMKI Inc. in Santa Ana, which provides broadband communications services, said Monday that it has secured a $5-million private placement agreement with WEC Asset Management LLC in New York. Proceeds will be used for LMKI's working capital and pursuit of acquisitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1999
Robert Scheer got it wrong when he accused AOL of wanting it both ways regarding government intervention in the Internet (Column Left, July 27). In the very near future consumers will be using broadband services to connect to the Internet. Decisions made today about broadband connections will have far-reaching implications for the future shape of the Internet. Whether broadband access and architecture are open and competitive or closely controlled by a cable monopoly will affect whether free and diverse speech continues to thrive, whether noncommercial and civic content is accessible, whether local e-commerce is sustainable and the cost, availability and service choices for consumers.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera
Expanding high-speed Internet access throughout the United States is a top priority for Julius Genachowski as he starts his term as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski and the agency are charged by President Obama and Congress with helping to ensure that all Americans can participate in the ongoing technological revolution that is integrating broadband with television and other devices beyond the computer.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2001
Re: "So Much for the Broadband Revolution," Dec. 6: I was an Excite@Home subscriber for five months before being migrated to Adelphia PowerLink this month. During those five months, Excite@Home never charged my credit card a penny for the service. In fact, they issued me a puzzlingly generous $12.75 credit in each of the first four months. I doubt that every customer was as lucky, but I probably wasn't the only one. So perhaps the sluggish economy and consumers' hesitance to pay a premium for broadband are less to blame for Excite@ Home's downfall than the simple fact that the company lacked a functioning billing system.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1996
Your article describing Pacific Bell's decision to redirect its "information highway" construction program was factually accurate but the headline was misleading ("PacBell Pulls the Plug on Vaunted High-Tech Plan," Jan. 26). Yes, conditions have caused Pacific Bell to suspend its broadband construction schedule in Los Angeles, but Orange County telecommunications customers (as well as those in San Diego and San Jose) will be among the first in the state to enjoy "the opportunity for our community to be in the forefront of new media services," as one of your sources put it. Contrary to the tone of your headline, Pacific Bell will spend more on broadband construction in Orange County this year than last.
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